You’ve just completed a killer workout and you feel on top of the world. Your adrenaline’s pumping, you feel powerful, you’re ready to take on anything! So far, so good. But when you wake up the next morning it’s almost certainly going to feel like you’ve been crushed by a truckload of bricks, which isn’t great news if you’ve got a full day of work ahead of you.
If you suffer from post-exercise aches and pains, there are a few steps you can take to prevent your body from really feeling all that punishment. We’ve collected three easy, foolproof ways you can help reduce after-exercise soreness and keep that “Queen of the World” feeling for longer!
Drink an Alkalising Juice
Your very first port of call after an intense workout should be a green alkalising juice. Chock full of alkaline, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, juices packed with things like kale, spinach and broccoli will halt lactic acid build up in its tracks, and give your body a much needed boost to boot.
Take a Cold Shower
Once you’re full of green goodness, it’s time to hit the shower. Turn the temperature down as low as you can possibly stand and wait for the cold water to work some post-exercise soothing magic. It may feel chilly, but it’s fantastic for reducing inflammation in your muscles.
Put Your Feet Up
Ahh! With your hard work over, it’s time to relax. Resting your muscles after exercise is really important as this gives them the time they need to heal and recover after an especially vigorous session. Don’t attempt to hit the gym hard and make sure you stick to gentle exercise until your aches and pains have cleared up. If you’re still suffering or need to have an active day, one to two over-the-counter ibuprofen or paracetamol should help.
How do you relieve aches and pains after heavy workouts and exercise sessions? Share your tips and tricks with other readers below.